The hour is quite tough. Keeping on a pace, as long as one can, and then, with one minute to go, the gun goes off, and the athlete has one minute to go! This was a tough one, as Brigid Kosgei battled Sifan Hassan until 20 seconds to go. Sad to see that Brigid Kosgei was DQed post event due to stepping on the curb.
Sifan Hassan breaks one-hour world record in Brussels, by Global Spors communication
Sifan Hassan made history at the Wanda Diamond League in Brussels tonight by smashing the world one-hour record, covering a total distance of 18 kilometres and 930 meters.
The 27-year-old Dutch athlete produced yet another superb demonstration of her abilities to lower the 12-year-old world record mark of Ethiopian Dire Tune, which stood at 18,517m.
In a highly-competitive field, Hassan seized control of the race at around two minutes before extending her advantage inside the King Baudouin Stadium with her trademark long stride. Supported by the Wavelight technology, she managed to get inside the old record.
“An hour is long; it takes a lot of concentration and phocus. After the first half I found my rythm. I’m really happy with this record!”
Sifan enjoyed an outstanding 2019, winning world titles over both 1500m and 10,000 and setting world record marks for the mile (4:12.33) and 5km on the road (14:44).